UNM-Gallup Early Childhood and Family Center (ECFC) serves young children of students, faculty, staff and community with care and learning using best practices and a Reggio Emilia inspired approach. It trains student and early childhood professionals in knowledge and research of early childhood development and education and raises community awareness of young children's needs.
UNM-Gallup Early Childhood and Family Center plans to become a comprehensive model for replication statewide in New Mexico. Best practices, family support, teacher training, and community outreach are key components. The center strives for a 5-star rating and National Association for Education of Young Children accreditation. Plans to study development of an Educare School inspired by Reggio Emilia philosophy that will serve 100-150 children in Gallup will grow from this smaller ECFC model.
ECFC believes in environments for intentional learning, self-directed learning and Reggio Emilia inspired interaction between teacher and child. The school, the child’s second home, becomes a comfortable, safe, warm, engaging, and stimulating learning experience for the children and parents served. ECFC brings teachers and parents together as learning companions. Together they work to inspire thinking and to encourage emotionally intelligent children with the use of Mindful Discipline.
Please contact Becky Romero, Site Manager, at (505) 863-7632 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The center is located on UNM-Gallup Campus at 705 Gurley Avenue, Gallup, NM 87301.